Why are Christian's rights being challenged? Why do Christians claim they even have rights? We are sojourners in a foreign land. We are called to witness to the lost, not go to battle against them. If we fight to keep the cross, the ten commandments, in God we trust, etc., and win, this will not make us exclusive. God is very clear about crafting things that resemble anything in Heaven or on Earth and coveting them.
If in our religious aggression, we utilize the law, then it is only fair that the law represent all citizens; and this will only open the door for other symbols and gods to be placed among ours. When we fight by the law of the land, we are unknowingly giving ground to the enemy. We are ignorantly setting ourselves up for social oppression because legalism is one of Satan's most effective weapons against the church.
Read this article to see how this is playing out in Oklahoma.
Our fight is not with flesh and blood, but in the heavenly realms. Christians are engaging in a battle of things, rather than focusing on drawing the hearts of the lost to the love of God. Honestly, what will Christians gain by protecting the stainless steel cross or the granite ten commandments? Isn't it the hearts of the unsaved that need change, not the laws that enable us to display our religious icons? All of these things we are to treasure in our heart, not on the playing field.
Who did Jesus rebuke? The religious leaders misleading the lost. Who did Jesus adjure and work patiently with? The lost.
Why is the church butting heads with unbelievers and special interest groups? We have been told that we live among the tares, aka, evil. Why then, do we behave like them? Were you ever enticed or lured by someone hammering their rights and morals on you? No, not at all. We all cringe at forced belief. Why then, do we think forced 'Jesus' would be any different than what special interest groups are doing?
Our testimony to the world should be the strength and love of God by denying ourselves the tangibles of our religion. Not our abilities in stacking up against unbelievers because, "We have rights just like everyone else!"; or because we have plenty of religious money and a powerful political wing. We are not to fight the world on its terms. Prayer and a loving intercession towards the lost....that is what we are called to.
With fellow Christians, we rebuke. (Luke 17:3) With our lost neighbors, we extend the same love, compassion, and patience that was afforded us from our Heavenly Father, when we were yet sinners. That, with prayer....that is our fight.
Get out of the secular boxing ring. Get into the Highest Court of love and intercessory prayer.
"For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit." (Romans 8:5)